Gunshots ring out at Kenya mall after president declares victory
Gunshots rang out from an upscale mall in Kenya's capital Wednesday morning, a day after the country's president said his military had “ashamed and defeated” Al Qaeda-linked terrorists in an apparent end to a four-day standoff and hostage situation inside the popular shopping center.
Government spokesman Manoah Esipisu told The Associated Press the shots came from Kenyan forces going room to room in the large Westgate Mall, firing protectively before entering unknown territory.
But a top security official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information, said even around the time President Uhuru Kenyatta told the nation in a televised address that "we have ashamed and defeated our attackers" on Tuesday night, three shots rang out at the mall.
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